Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology
OBGYNs & Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Boca Raton, FL
Menopause is a time of change, but those changes don’t have to be uncomfortable or difficult if you have the support of an expert in reproductive health. At Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology, OB/GYN Richard Conlen, MD, offers comprehensive menopause management, including bioidentical hormone therapy and everything else you need to comfortably move through this transition. Call the Boca Raton, Florida, office or click the appointment link for help now.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the phase of your reproductive life cycle when you stop menstruating. After menopause, you're no longer ovulating and won't be able to bear children any longer. Menopause is a normal and natural part of aging for virtually all women.
What age does menopause start?
The age of menopause can vary quite a lot, with some women starting in their 30s or 40s and others starting much later. The average age of menopause is 51 in the United States.
How do I know when I am in menopause?
As you start perimenopause — the transition into menopause — you'll typically have some telltale symptoms, which can include:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Decrease in libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Restless sleep
- Increased urinary frequency
- Poor concentration
- Very heavy perspiration
- Body aches and pains
These symptoms occur because your hormones (estrogen and progesterone) fluctuate during this time. It's common to have menstrual cycles in perimenopause, but they'll gradually taper off in the coming years.
What kind of treatments help with menopause symptoms?
Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a comprehensive perimenopause evaluation, which includes specialized diagnostic tests to assess your exact hormone levels and micronutrient levels.
Using this specific information about your hormones and micronutrient deficiencies, your doctor can prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement and make customized recommendations for optimal health.
How can micronutrient testing improve menopause symptoms? A micronutrient assessment measures the action of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants in your body. With a personalized micronutrient profile, you can learn about your deficiencies and how to correct them with a personalized nutrition plan.
This often provides a tremendous wellness boost to women in menopause, and it combines very well with bioidentical hormone therapy.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy help with menopause symptoms?
Bioidentical hormone therapy is a natural way to balance your hormones as they fluctuate during menopause. Traditional hormone replacement products come from animal sources, but bioidentical hormones come from plants. They're a near-identical match to your body's own hormones.
At Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology, you receive a customized prescription for the hormones you need, which may include bioidentical estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and/or DHEA. A local compounding pharmacy prepares your prescription, and then you'll take the hormones as directed.
To make sure you have optimal hormone balance, you'll usually have hormone testing every three months to start. Once you obtain the ideal hormone balance and feel completely comfortable, you'll transition into one hormone testing panel a year during your annual women's health exam.
Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive customized menopause management. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment.